Naturalist and Sustainability Internships
Foley Graduate Fellowship in Natural Science Education
We do hire seasonal Educators from time to time. CLICK HERE to visit our employment page to see if we are currently hiring.
This multi-faceted graduate fellowship at Walking Mountains Science Center is a full-time, 2 year and 3 month professional development program that focuses on K-12 field science education, leadership, and helping to grow a reputable nonprofit organization. This position is responsible for serving the organization with a personal commitment to awakening a sense of wonder and inspiring environmental stewardship and sustainability though natural science education. The Natural Science Educator position requires dedication to experiential learning, environmental education, natural science education, and life-long learning. The Natural Science Educator coordinates and teaches natural science programming both in the classroom and in the field during our summer science camps and school field programs. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Natural Science Educators simultaneously participate in a Master of Arts graduate program through University of Northern Colorado’s Science Education Program. Natural Science Educators are enrolled in courses taught at Walking Mountains Science Center and online. Upon successful completion of all required coursework and responsibilities of the 2 year and 3 month position, Natural Science Educators will earn a Master of Arts Degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado. The Summer Programs Coordinator and the School Programs Coordinator are responsible for the primary supervision of the Natural Science Educators during their respective seasons. The Graduate Programs Director oversees all aspects of the Graduate Fellowship component of the position.
Natural Resource Summer Internship for High School Students
Reports to: Environmental Stewardship Coordinator
Application Dates: Applications closed for 2019.
Location: Avon, Colorado
Compensation: $125 per week stipend
Benefits: 3 Credits from Colorado Mountain College (paid for by Walking Mountains), on the job training, and a 3-day hut trip
To Apply: Click here to visit the application instruction page
The High School Natural Resource Internship is not a residential program, Walking Mountains Science Center does not have residential facilities. This program is intended for students who already have access to room and board in Eagle County.
Natural Resource Summer Internship – For High School Students Description:
This is an 6-week, 40 hour/week paid internship for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors which will begin on June 19, 2019 and end on August 9, 2019. The summer will begin with hiking, team-building and training. Interns will spend their days during the internship outside, hiking and monitoring stream ecosystems in the White River National Forest. They will collect scientific data which will influence land management decisions made by the US Forest Service (USFS). The final week will include time preparing and performing a community presentation followed by a three-day hut trip! Educational topics will include wildlife and rangeland management, fire suppression, community ecology, habitat degradation, land ethics and environmental literacy, and science communication. Interns will receive 3 Special Topics credits from CMC upon completion of all readings and assignments as well as a $125/week stipend for their work in the field. Research will be carried out in all weather conditions and sometimes in remote locations which will require hiking on rough terrain with a backpack.
• Execute field research protocols
• Develop a basic knowledge of stream habitats in Colorado
• Participate in career development and networking opportunities
• Plan and deliver an end-of-summer community presentation on research findings
• Interns must be capable of hiking up to 4 miles per day while carrying research equipment and other supplies totaling about 20 pounds.
Academic Component (Students will be graded on):
• Completion of readings and participation in discussion
• Completion of writing assignments
• Completion of reflective journal and species accounts
• Mid-term exam
• Public presentation of data
• Proficient execution of field research protocols
Interns are expected to:
• Be punctual and prepared for outdoor field research
• Participate in field research
• Cooperate with other interns and be constructive members of a research team
• Exhibit responsible, professional behavior
• Act as ambassadors for their schools and Walking Mountains Science Center
Duration of Position:
2019 season: 6 weeks from June 19, 2019 – August 9, 2019 (The week of July 4th will be a vacation week)